Saturday, December 25, 2010

Merry Christmas! I fail!

So almost a year ago I posted my 2010 new years resolutions and promised a portly sum of $100 for every resolution I did not achieve. Well its been almost a year and I know now which ones I have passed and which ones I have failed, and who I owe $100 to and who wont be taking my money this year.

To remind everyone, my goals were:
  1. Release 3 websites (I'll announce them as they are released here on our blog) (claimed by Colette)
  2. Release an Android/IPhone program on either the android market or the app store (claimed by Jill)
  3. Read The Book of Mormon from front to back before the end of April (to be paid out in May if I fail) (claimed by Dan)
  4. Learn how to Surf (claimed by Annika)
  5. Take at 3+ night campout with Jared (claimed by Ryan)
  6. Go out of my way to do additional exercise at least twice a week, with exceptions when traveling or in other exceptional situations (claimed by Annette)
  7. (Bonus Universe Imploding Goal!) Give at least one person $100 for failing one of my goals (claimed by Katie)
I have to say this year has been amazing. These goals motivated me to do things that I wouldn't have done otherwise, and had made my year that much more memorable. I am very happy I made these goals and tried hard to reach them.

Lets see how I did:

Release 3 websites (I'll announce them as they are released here on our blog) (claimed by Colette)
Release an Android/IPhone program on either the android market or the app store (claimed by Jill)

I consciously abandoned these 2 goals half way through the year. Maybe in a few years I'll get back to working on my personal nerd programming projects, but for now I am enjoying my family, work, and other responsibilities.

Colette gets $100
Jill gets $100

Read The Book of Mormon from front to back before the end of April (to be paid out in May if I fail)

I did achieve this goal (I finished a week or 2 early even, so dan, you owe me :)

Sorry Dan, I'll try to suck more next year.

Learn how to Surf (claimed by Annika)
Take at 3+ night campout with Jared (claimed by Ryan)

Woooo!! I did it! I went surfing, took a class and got up a handfull of times. It was incredibly fun, and I discovered how weak my arms and shoulders are. I really need to get to doing more pushups.


After having to canceling our camping reservation at Yosemite the night before due to a freak winter storm, and also deciding against spending a week in yellow stone (instead to spend time with our awesome Salmon family) we still pulled together 3 nights camping out.

1) We camped out in the back yard of Barbra and Boyd's house in Salmon
2) We camped out about 40 miles south of salmon. Despite it being very rainy and windy, Jared actually slept pretty well.
3) On the way up to Salmon we camped at Rye Patch Nevada. The campsite was full so we set up camp at the parking lot by the front entrance. At 2 am we decided it was to windy and jared would never get enough sleep with the tent almost blowing over on us, so we decided to pack up camp and continue to Winnemucca where we got a hotel room and slept for the rest of the night. Definitely not the worst camping experience I've ever had, but it sure was exhausting.

So that was great, I achieved these goals!

Well... In my original new years resolution post I wrote:
"if [...] Savannah decides that I failed at the goal you chose, I will mail you a check for $100"
Savannah loves loosing money I guess :). She said I had to go out on 2 different days in order for me to really _know_ how to surf. She also tells me that leaving at 2 am to go to a hotel can't count as camping. I have some father/son campouts that say contrary, but I gave her all authority in this matter so...

Annika gets $100
Ryan gets $100

Go out of my way to do additional exercise at least twice a week, with exceptions when traveling or in other exceptional situations (claimed by my Madre)

I went strong for about 6 months (which is a lot better than a lot of people thought I would, including myself).

My mom gets $100

(Bonus Universe Imploding Goal!) Give at least one person $100 for failing one of my goals

The universe survives to see another year, since I paid out at least $100

Sorry Katie, You dont get the $100, but then again, if I did owe you $100 I wouldn't... and then... Well... no point on dwelling on that potentially devastating situation.

Total cost of failing at my goals: $500
Total saved: $200 (kind of)

My hard work and determination to meet my resolutions has reminded me of quote from H. J. Simpson "You tried your best and you failed miserably. The lesson is 'never try'."

Who knows, if I can afford to set new years resolutions for 2011, I guess I should aim lower :).

Merry Christmas everyone!

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